Ordering Seeds and Plants

August 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Charlie Nardozzi One of my end-of-the-year rituals is to sit down with seed and plant catalogs and place my order for the next year. It’s a fun project right after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I’m a bit old fashioned, so I like to spread out the printed seed and plant catalogs on the floor and leaf through each one, selecting new varieties to try and ordering new packets of tried-and-true varieties. Of course, I realize most seed and plant catalogs are also on-line (some without even a printed catalog anymore), so after my first pass through the print catalogs, I start perusing the on-line versions. Often there will be more information about the variety on-line and sometimes other photos. One word of caution, though — watch the photos. Pictures can make a fruit or vegetable look larger, more beautiful and more colorful that it really is. It’s really eye candy! While each gardener probably has his or her own system for ordering seeds and plants, [...]

To Feed Your Family

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

By InGardens I always perspective a garden as if it were a business.  Like a business, there is a lot of up-front investment and it is tough to make adult your income a initial year or even second year for that matter.  This is generally loyal for enclosure gardens given they cost some-more to set up.  we simply spent some-more than a hundred dollars on things such as, GB Organic Blue Ribbon brew potting soil, Baby Bu’s Biodynamic Blend potting soil, Jobe’s organic manure spikes, and 12 in. pots, and unequivocally vast block containers. There is also a certain volume of impotent investigation that needs to be supposed as a cost of doing business.  But this embellishment of a business reflects mercantile reality. Numerous sources from biography articles and a web uncover a poignant lapse on investment presumption a value of your time spent in a garden is not counted. For example, the GRS garden project. showed a personal investment of $153.28 for a year 2011 and a lapse on [...]

Agritourism Stop

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Deborah R. Huso Julie Haushalter came to start a lavender farm on her 25-acre property near Weyers Cave, Virginia, quite by accident. “The lavender farm came about as a result of life,” she says about the now locally famous White Oak Lavender Farm. Before starting the farm, Haushalter had spent her career as a special needs teacher, then a school administrator, and then a campus pastor at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As she watched others struggle with stressful life events, and she worked to cope with her own sister’s death from cancer, Haushalter began looking for natural ways to soothe life’s trials and anxieties. She ultimately turned to the healing properties of lavender, which clinical trials have shown to be effective in calming stress. Haushalter says she knew the scent of lavender was not a cure-all, but it was indeed helpful in reducing anxiety levels in people dealing with grief and trauma. “If someone can lower anxiety,” she says, [...]

A Special Place to Grow

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By The National Garden Bureau A Child’s Garden – a Special Place to Grow Originally published June 1992 “What’s best for the environment?” is often asked these days. Well, what’s best for the environment is teaching our children respect and concern for nature. One way to start this training early, and have some fun doing it, is a child’s garden. The immediate and long-term benefits of encouraging a child to plant his or her own garden are enormous. Through school and the media, many youngsters, even preschoolers, are already very aware of nature and ecology. The garden is an excellent place to reinforce what they have heard and learned and a great place to encourage their creativity and self-discipline. They will be exposed to the beauty of Nature, a beauty they will help nurture, and through growing vegetables they may learn a degree of self-sufficiency. A childhood start on understanding and respecting the environment plants the “seeds” for future [...]

Therapeutic Rebellion

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Jerry It’s The Garden, and I’ll plant what I want to! I spend a great deal of time in The Garden, and I take what I do very seriously (not that I don’t have a lot of fun). Like many folks these days, our family is on a very tight budget, and as a result, the food our garden produces plays an important role in helping us keep our heads above water. There is no way our family could afford the quantity, quality, or variety of fresh vegetables The Garden provides us if we had to purchase them at the local grocery store. The Garden serves as an act of rebellion for me. By growing my own food, I cut out the middle man, I get to choose the varieties I grow, and I am feeding my family more healthful food, arguably at a lower cost. Admittedly, The Garden is a small act of defiance, but a person has to start somewhere, right? How, you ask is a garden an act of rebellion? It’s all about taking back control of at least a part of my life, and a step away from the culture of [...]

Indoor Water Gardens

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor If your space is limited or you just don’t like to make a mess with soil, try growing your garden in water.  It’s also the best solution for anyone who can’t master the art of watering plants properly. Many foliage plants will grow in water.  This method permits the use of many interesting and unusual containers and allows for flexibility of plant arrangements.  Although growth will be slow, the plants will remain attractive for a long time. You can use any receptacle that will hold water for the containers for your water garden.  Avoid those made of copper, brass, or lead, however.  Fertilizers can corrode these metals and may cause plant damage.  A dark container will help prevent the formation of algae in the water. Once you have chosen a container, fill it about three-fourths full of a support material such as florist’s foam (your best choice), crumbled styrofoam, gravel, pearl chips, pebbles, coarse sand, [...]

Heirloom Varieties

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lawrence Davis- Hollander Nothing quite says summertime gardening like the strain in your back after spending hours or even minutes stooped over rows of green beans. Whether pole, bush or intermediate, green beans hold a special place where summer gardens account for a significant percentage of dinner table nutrition. And many a youngster learns the finer points of life while snapping beans on the porch or canning the works in the kitchen. String beans are a uniquely American product, making three bean salad more American than apple pie, depending, of course, upon which beans you use. A wide array of seeds coming from different plant species may be referred to as beans, such as garbanzo beans, fava beans or soybeans. These are old-world species, while “true” beans have their roots in the Americas and belong to the genus Phaseolus. The true bean was at one time classified with Vignas (cultivated legumes), such as the cowpea or the black-eyed pea, another old-world group, which [...]

Start a Garden

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Marie Lannotti Photo: © Marie Iannotti 1.  Starting a Garden Where to begin? First you need to choose a good site. The amount of sun exposure and access to water will play a big part in what plants you’ll be able to grow. Another good place to begin a new garden is with the soil. This may not be the most fun part of gardening, but as the saying goes: “Feed the soil and the plants will take care of themselves. You’ll need to access what type of soil you have and what, if anything it needs. You can get your soil tested for a nominal fee at your local Cooperative Extension office and sometimes at a good nursery. Vegetable gardening is a little different from flower gardening and here are some questions to ask yourself and steps to take to start a vegetable garden. More » The One Thing You Should Be Eating For Your Thyroid Every Morning. Photo: © Marie Iannotti 2.  Choosing Plants Selecting plants is one of the toughest gardening tasks, simply because there are [...]